News Archive 2013

Research opportunity: Evaluating a multi-layered, community focused support network – Closing date 6 September 2013

This project pilots a multi-layered, community focused support network around 12 drug and alcohol service users and reports and disseminates outcomes. This is being run with DH IESD funding.  Subject to continued funding) the project will run for 3 years and requires on-going evaluation, with a final report upon conclusion. An outline of the project taken from the initial application, including our evaluation requirements is attached.

You are invited to submit a proposal, not exceeding 4 pages, stating:

  • What you feel is needed and can be supplied within the specified budget;
  • How you aim to meet the various requirements of the project, including timeframes and information needs of the various audiences
  • The CVs of those who would be involved in the work (not included in the page limit);
  • Itemised costings.

The budget for the project is as follows:

  •  Year 1 (2013 – 14)             £6,500
  • Year 2 (2014 – 15)             £5,600
  • Year  3 (2015 – 16)            £8,750

Click here to read the Project Overview for potential evaluators

For further details Contact: David Jameson,  Director of Support, Tel: 07917 616720, E mail:

‘Get all sides of the story’: public involvement and participation in adult social care research

The NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR) and INVOLVE are launching a series of webinars starting on 13 September 2013.

Learn about:

  • different research methods and approaches to help you address the specific and unique concerns of adult social care research with a range of different groups
  • why public involvement in research is important, the difference it can make to your research and hear about examples of how people are getting involved.

Click here for more details

Important: Prevention and early intervention – what’s happening?

NB: This is an abridged version of background information and instructions. Full details can be accessed at:

The Social Care Evidence in Practice (SCEiP) team has been working with local authorities to develop a prevention framework that aims to offer some clarification and solutions by providing:

  • A definition of prevention
  • Guidance for effective outcome measuring
  • Recommendations  for outcome monitoring and service evaluation

SCEiP is asking all local authorities to complete a survey. The more information provided will allow for a more in depth exploration of current processes in prevention, and will facilitate work on how best to improve prevention approaches and service evaluations

The survey is split into two sections:

Section 1 focuses on your definition of and strategy for prevention, and aims to capture data on what you expect from prevention services. We would also ask you to provide case studies of best practice and good services in prevention that can be shared. It can be downloaded here

Section 2 looks at what prevention services you provide, including those jointly funded or provided with health/public health etc; what data are collected on services and how data are used, and invites responses on 2 excel spreadsheets. Part 2 can be downloaded here

Please download and complete both sections separately, returning both documents to before 28 August 2013.

Click here for further details

Invitation to apply for the role of Social Care Members and Public Health Member to the NICE Local Government Reference Group (LGRG)

The Local Government Reference Group are looking for two social care Reps and one Public Health rep to join their group,. This group assists the Centre for Public Health and, from April 2014, the Health and Social Care Directorate at NICE prepare briefings for  local authorities. Click here for more details

The Impact of Social Science Research

The Academy for Social Science has produced this collection of impact case studie (Click to download file) with help from our member learned societies and the universities who support the Campaign for Social Science. The case studies were initially gathered as part of the case we made in favour of social science to the Government’s Spending Review, and we felt that Academy members and Campaign supporters might like to have this type of material readily to hand as another means of demonstrating the importance of social science work to society both within and beyond the UK. In addition to this we will continue to produce the thematic Making the Case for the Social Sciences series and would like to produce further issues of more varied collections in the Professional Briefings series.

Insights from Research on … Personalisation – FREE School for Social Care Research Event 12 June 2013 10:00-16:30

(Click title for further details) This event draws together research commissioned by SSCR in the area of personalisation. The event will bring together researchers, policy-makers, managers, commissioners, providers, people who use services, carers and practitioners, among others and provides an opportunity to hear about emerging evidence from SSCR’s commissioned studies and discuss the implications for adult social care practice with our leading researchers.

Venue: London School of Economics and Political Science (view directions to LSE). Room to be confirmed to registered delegates.

SSRG members – Research funding opportunity

School for Social Care Research Mini-projects

SSRG has received an invitation from the School for Social Care Research (SSCR) for funding for mini-projects on practice related issues.  £5,000 is available to fund up to two projects for SSRG members to apply for, to investigate a practice issue.  The research topics need to focus on Adult Social Care, owing to the remit of School for Social Care Research. This funding has been made available through The Social Care Evidence in Practice (SCEiP) project, which is a collaboration between the NIHR School for Social Care Research and the PSSRU at the London School of Economics, working with Research in Practice for Adults and RAND Europe. Click here for more details about how to apply.

Making Research Count and SCWRU event: Practitioner Research  Realising its potential for improving social care services and practice Free afternoon seminar – £10 donation welcomed)

Tuesday 30 April 2013 1pm – 4pm At the Waterloo Campus of King’s College London

This seminar brings together three speakers who have extensive experience of practitioner research. They will explore the challenges practitioner research can present as well as the rewards and opportunities it can produce.

See Social Care Workforce Research Unit website for more details

LARIA Annual Conference 2013: How do we make a difference?

Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th May – University of Manchester  Click here for programme

  • Find out about the latest thinking on the key issues facing the sector
  • Identify areas of best practice and new skills to make you more effective in your role
  • Networking with other researchers from different areas and organisations

Myths and Realities public seminar series at the British Library

This series of free seminars is being run by Academy of Social Sciences jointly  with the British Library.

Three events are planned for this spring beginning on 11th February. All are held at 6.30pm- 8pm at the British Library in London and tickets can be bought via the BL website ( ).

Click on the list of topics for further details :-

The latest issue of Research, Policy and Planning, Vol 29(3), is now available – click here to read.  Not a member? Click here to join.  (Added 16th January 2013)

Connecting People Intervention Study: Fast Track Workshop Friday, February 15th 2013 10am—1pm King’s College London FREE event!

The Connecting People Intervention Study is a multi-site pilot aimed to promote well-being and social partici-pation amongst adults with a learning disability or mental health problem. The event includes: an introduction to the Connecting People Intervention from mem-bers of the research team; Interactive training activities; Panel discussion with directors and workers from a diverse range of agencies; Networking lunch. More details here

PhD Studentship Award: “Qualitative Study of Participant Experiences of Assistive Technology and Telecare to Maintain Independent Living At Home for People with Dementia (for ATTILA)

University of East Anglia, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Further information on the studentship can be found at: The deadline for applications is 22nd January

Invisible communities: Working with older people from Europe and beyond Wednesday 30 January 2013

A joint conference (CPD certified) from Making Research Count,  Age UK London & Social Care Workforce Research Unit Venue: Henriette Raphael Function Room, Henriette Raphael House, Guy’s Hospital, London SE1 9RT, near London Bridge Station. Click here for further details

Citizenship, choice and care :an examination of the place of choice in UK social policy. Inaugural lecture by RPP editor Professor Guy Daly. Weds 10th October 2012 . To book your free place and find out more visit or call Angela Drinkwater on 01332 591046. Click here to download flyer and here for further details (Added 03/10/2012)

Click here to view a powerpoint describing the benefits of SSRG Membership for students, for whom there is a special £10 subscription rate offer.  The Join page is accessible through the top menu! (Added 30th September 2012)

The latest issue of Research, Policy and Planning, Vol 29(2), has been added to  the Members Area – click here to read.  Not a member? Click here to join. (Added 20th September 2012)


Updated by Martin Stevens 21/08/2013